Laurie Apgar Chandler, author of “Upwards: The story of the first woman to solo thru-paddle the Northern Forest Canoe Trail,” will sign copies of her adventure memoir Saturday, Dec. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the United Farmers Market of Maine, 18 Spring St. Readers can visit with the Bremen writer and learn about the country’s longest mapped inland paddling trail, which stretches from the Adirondacks to northern Maine. In the summer of 2015, at age 53, Chandler became the first woman to complete the NFCT alone. Since its founding in 2000, only 95 people have made the official thru-paddler list, going the distance in one expedition.

In “Upwards,” her first book, Chandler weaves the history, wildlife, scenery and people she encountered into an old-fashioned adventure tale of upstream struggles, thrilling whitewater, escaped convicts and wild weather. On a deeper level, the book is the story of finding the inner strength and faith to achieve the improbable. This expedition was a stretch for Chandler, whose passion for wilderness paddling blossomed after 40, when she moved to Maine with her two children. After completing Paddle for Hope, a 2011 solo kayak journey across Maine, which raised over $10,000 for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, she began to dream bigger.

“Think about it,” said Gil Gilpatrick, Master Maine Guide and author of “Allagash: A Journey Through Time on Maine’s Legendary Wilderness Waterway.” “740 miles of canoe travel, 150 miles upstream, 67 portages totaling 125 miles.”

Published in cooperation with the small press Maine Authors Publishing of Thomaston, “Upwards” is available at local bookstores, on Amazon and on the author’s website at Chandler is one of a group of local Maine authors who have rented a table at this thriving year-round indoor market. Coordinated by Judi Valentine, Camden author of “The Crystal Chain,” the authors’ table features a rotating schedule of one or two authors every Saturday.

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